Locatelli Trio is one of the most exciting period instrument groups in Britain and brings together the talents of three highly experienced and respected musicians, violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch, 'cellist Richard Tunnicliffe and harpsichordist Malcolm Proud.
The trio originally came together when Elizabeth Wallfisch was invited to make a series of recordings for the BBC of early Italian violin sonata repertoire. Twelve programmes were made for the original series, by which time the trio so enjoyed working together that they decided to form a permanent partnership.
Major engagements since then have included the early music festivals of Utrecht, Zurich and York, Berliner Tage fur Alte Musik, English Haydn Festival, Nordic Baroque Music Festival, Duisberg Schubert Festival, the festivals of Irsee, Bruges and Bath, concerts in Spain, Australia, New York, Bulgaria and Edmonton and residencies at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh. In 2000 Locatelli Trio were Artists in Residence at Blackheath Concert Halls, performing across two weekends devoted to the music of Bach.
The Trio enjoy exploring and performing new programmes and, in celebration of the tercentenary of the birth of Pietro Locatelli in 1995, the group offered specially devised programmes linking Locatelli with composers whom he would have known, worked with, been influenced by, or influenced, such as Corelli, Valentini, Vivaldi, Galuppi and Leclair.
At the invitation of Hyperion Records, The Locatelli Trio made a series of recordings of violin sonatas from the Italian repertoire. Releases include CDs of Locatelli, Tartini (which was hailed by CD Review as 'without doubt one of the finest records of baroque chamber music ever issued'), Corelli, Veracini and Albinoni Sonatas (the Albinoni and Veracini CDs in co-operation with WDR Cologne). The trio has also recorded works by a number of early English composers for Hyperion's English Orpheus Series and in 1994 they collaborated with other leading early music soloists, Lisa Beznosiuk (baroque flute) and Rachel Beckett (recorder), in a recording of Handel Sonatas Op. 1. They have subsequently recorded two discs of Leclair Sonatas, a CD of Handel Trio Sonatas with Anthony Robson and the complete Buxtehude Opus 1 trios.
The members of Locatelli Trio also have very active lives as soloists, with engagements all over the world.